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Oopsie! Chile flag mixed up with Texas flag on ballot

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Photographs featuring the Chilean flag have saturated the news in recent months, sparking plenty of jokes at the expense of Texans who may or may not have wondered why the people of Chile were waving their flag. Turns out that crack isn’t too far off target because government officials in the Lone Star State mixed up the two similar-looking flags on absentee voter ballots for several years.

A Texan student studying in Japan contacted officials in Atascosa County after noticing the ballot featured the Chile flag instead of the Texas flag. According to a county spokesman, the ballot had been in use for years without anyone noticing the mistake.

Texas Flag:

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Chile Flag:

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Full story at Washington Post.

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    Joel Roberts Poinsett

    Joel Roberts Poinsett (March 2, 1779 – Charleston, South Carolina, Dec. 12, 1851) was also a product of the European “enlightenment” thinking and European military training. He was sent to South America by U.S. President James Madison to serve as an agent for the United States. He greatly influenced the revolutionaries in Chile with his nationalist governmental ideals and helped them write the first Chilean Constitution. While he was there, the U.S. warship Essex visited Valparaiso to show the “colors” as a warning to anyone who would interdict U. S. merchant ships. It is reported by Chilean history scholars that a U.S. citizen fighting with Chilean patriotic forces designed the first Chilean flag of the “Patria Vieja”. Whether it was Poinsett’s influence or other U.S. influence, the Chilean national flag and maritime flag first flown in 1817 that is called “la bandera Estrella Solitaria” is very closely tied to the United States.

    La Bandera Estrella Solitaria – Chile 1817

    La Bandera Estrella Solitaria – Chile 1817

    This flag conceived by Jose Ignacio (Chilean Minister of War and Navy 1817-1822) and designed by Antonio Arcos use the “red, white and blue” with a star in the field of blue. It was very practical for the Chilean warships and merchant ships. When viewed from a distance, it was easily mistaken for a U.S. flag. Even the hesitation of several minutes by a hostile ship could give the Chileans an advantage. Some seventeen years later this same flag design was used in the Gulf of Mexico for the same reason. After Robert Poinsett left Chile and returned to the United States, he was appointed the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico and while there he made an abortive, ill timed attempt to buy Texas.

    As you can see, the flags are related in values and as the American flag it is close to God, Chilean flag too.

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